The problem is NOT law-abiding citizens taking guns into the midst of large groups of people. Those who carry, about 11% of the population, do that all the time.
The problem is that well-intentioned but otherwise ignorant politicians keep creating “gun-free zones” which have become a magnet for the criminally insane. Fully 89% of all mass shootings over the last 20 years have occurred in a gun-free zone. Put another way, you’re 10 times more likely to be a mass shooting victim in a gun-free zone than you are anywhere else. Another problem is that only about half the number of people are carrying today than carried in 1980. Mass shooters are criminally insane. They accept that they will die either by being shot, or by shooting themselves. The ONLY way to stop them is to shoot them. With half the number of people carrying, that translates into twice the activity before being shot.
- Constitutional CC and OC Everywhere
- Arm Teachers
- Get Rid of All “Gun-Free” Zones
- Stop Passing Gun Laws
Constitutionalize both CC and OC everywhere. The Constitution already does that, but neither states nor courts respect it. The Second Amendment does NOT fall to the states to limit, as it is specifically “delegated to the United States by the Constitution.” Moreover, it’s a universal mandate of HANDS OFF. “Shall not be infringed” means SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. This INCLUDES malls, Walmarts, Targets, theaters, parks, schools, festivals and all other places where mass shootings commonly occur. It INCLUDES federal buildings, ergo, the feds are ignoring it, as well.
Arm teachers, not forcibly, but reasonably. There are a number of outstanding armed teacher selection and training programs out there. Here’s one: A Sensible Plan Towards Armed Teachers
Get RID of ALL so-called “gun-free zones.” Not only do they absolutely NOT work, but in fact, they’re magnets for mass shooters. Instead, examine where mass shootings are NOT happening, and most importantly, WHY they’re not happening. They’re not happening in places where law-abiding citizens are likely to be armed. Criminally insane who conduct mass shootings know they’re likely to be shot. Their intent is to do as much harm as possible before going out in a “blaze of glory.” Many of them are fully prepared to take their own lives if cornered and they do just that. With that in mind, they avoid areas where they’re likely to be stopped the moment they begin.
Gun laws don’t work. They’ve never worked. They never will work. All they have ever done is pull the defensive teeth of law-abiding citizens, so please STOP THE INSANITY.
Listen to President Trump: “If you look at both of these cases, this is mental illness. These are people that are very, very seriously mentally ill.” The same holds true for most mass shootings over the last 30 years. It’s suicide by cop, but not before they take out as many others as they can.
Do NOT Listen to President Trump: Red Flag laws violate between 3 and 7 rock-solid Constitutionally-protected rights and freedoms.
Everything comes right back down to this: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.
As for the mental illness issue, I would argue at least half of that is a spiritual issue. Most mass shooters feel alone and alienated in the world, no connection to God or any higher power. As a result, they hurt, and most of them can point to one or more specific incidents of serious offense. But they don’t handle offense like you and I would. They flip out and go on a rampage.
Can you identify them beforehand? Yes, but ONLY by wrongfully identifying 9,999 others who would never flip out. Are you going to deprive 9,999 law-abiding citizens of their right to defend themselves just to get at the 1 who would flip out?
That’s the wrong approach. Instead, Constitutionalize carry, encourage carry, get rid of GFZs, protect those who stop mass shootings from lawsuits by the shooter’s family, etc. Because, again, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.